Date: March 24, 2020
To: Residents, Staff, Families, Volunteers and Visitors
Re: COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) update
In an effort to ensure the safety of our residents and staff, and based on recommendations from the Ministry of Health, we will be implementing a number of changes and closures to reduce risk to our vulnerable residents. We do not have any cases currently at the SLP, however are making decisions based on the latest information that is in the best interest and safety of those we serve, and in the best interest of protecting our valuable staff.
Effective March 14, 2020 –
The Ministry of Health and the Chief Medical Officer of Health required that NO visitors are allowed on site, with the exception for those residents who are very ill or receiving end of life care. This will be revaluated in the coming weeks.
Active screening will continue for all staff and volunteers entering the Saint Luke’s at the following locations:
Staff – Staff may enter and exit only through the administration entrance and must be actively screened upon entry (Questions reviewed with the screener). Screeners will be at this door from 0545 hrs to 2230 hrs daily. Please read the signage posted at entrances. Cooks to call Nurse Manager to gain entrance and for screening on arrival.
Effective Monday March 16, 2020 - Closures
We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause many individuals, but the following programs will be closed as of Monday:
Auditorium bookings Coffee Shoppe Mass
Tours Large Recreation Events Exercise Classes
Large Team Meetings All external group trips
Admissions – We will continue to allow admission into our Long Term Care and Transitional Care programs. All new admission or re-admission requires full active screening. If there is a negative response with any assessment questions, isolation precautions will be put in place for a 14 day period.
Resident Appointments – Residents can continue with essential appointments only. Non-essential appointments will be rescheduled.
We continue to recommend the following for protection:
- Following proper infection control practices, such as washing hands and not touching your face, coughing/sneezing into your elbow or a tissueand disposing of tissue immediately
- Get your flu shot if you haven’t done so – these are still available!
- Stay home if you are feeling unwell and have any respiratory illness like symptoms, such as a cough, sore throat, runny nose and/or fever.
- Wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when working with someone that is sick and under droplet/contact precautions.Routine practices for infection control are to be followed at all times.
If you have any question, please reach out to:
Alison Haddaway 519-658-5183 extension 291 or 519-658-0748
Long Term Care:
Sandy Director of Health and Wellness 519-658-5183 extension 503 or 226-751-5417
Nurse Manager 519-658-5183 extension 284
Paul O’Krafka 519-658-5183 extension 223 or 905-541-0312
Maureen Toth 519-658-5183 extension 293 or 519-400-3926
Connie Lambert 519-519-658-5183 extension 298 or 519-301-4693